By: Tommy Bowman
Bowman Gray Stadium played its version of Family Feud on Friday night.
A tangle between Joseph "Bobo" Brown and Burt Myers in the first of two scheduled 50-lap Modified races ended with Jason Myers , Burt's brother, coming out the loser.
The winner turned out to be unrelated Tim Brown , who took the checkered flag. The second scheduled Modified race was canceled because of rain.
The conflict began in the 32nd lap, when Burt Myers moved into second place on a restart but was nudged by Bobo Brown and lost the position he had gained. Myers then delivered a shot to Brown and sent him spinning.
Three laps later, Jason Myers , who had led from the start, was fending off a strong challenge from Tim Brown on the outside in a side-by-side duel that lasted three laps.
"I think we could have gone the rest of the race like that," said Tim Brown , who will be among the entries in tonight's Strutmasters.com 199 for NASCAR's Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
The competition ended when Bobo Brown positioned his car in front of Jason Myers , blocking him and third-running Burt Myers on the inside and opening the door for Tim Brown to take the lead for good.
"It's tough knowing that we had the best car and should have won the race," Jason Myers said. "That's the bad thing about this place…. It's a shame somebody would do something like that.
"Tim came out smelling like a rose. Tim didn't do anything wrong but I hate that he ended up getting the win.
"We had a heck of a race going for the lead. I was giving him plenty of room, he gave me plenty of room and you can race side-by-side here with some people. But, it was a bad deal what happened. The only way for me to get through was for me to run through the 28 (Bobo Brown) or put Tim in the wall.
"Neither would have worked out for me because we have a tour race (tonight) that we're going to run in this car."
Tim Brown went on to his fourth victory of the season and the 58th in his career at Bowman Gray. Jason Myers hung on for second, and Burt Myers finished third.
"I hate to see Jason lose one like that but I'll take the win," Tim Brown said. "Jason got robbed and I won the race."
Bobo Brown, who finished 16th in the first race, would have started from the pole position in the second race as result of a draw for an inverted start had it not been rained out.
Lee Jeffreys was the fastest in qualifying for the second time this season with a lap of 13.263 seconds (67.9 mph) on the quarter-mile track. The lap, the third-fastest to win time trials this season, won Jeffreys the pole position for the first Modified race, but Jason Myers slipped past him at the start.
Burt Myers lost two points off his season lead in the standings for the featured Modified Division. But Myers still leads second-place Tim Brown by 73 points with two race dates remaining.
Winners of last night's special-event races were: Daniel Hemric of Kannapolis in Legends Pro/Masters (pros and age 40 and over); Will Cunningham of Concord in Legends Semi-Pro (16-and-over novice); Walker Yates of Winston-Salem in Bandoleros Outlaws (12 and up); and Carson Ferguson of Charlotte in Bandoleros Bandits (8-12).
George Brunnhoelzl of West Babylon, N.Y., is the leader in the season standings for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour heading into tonight's 199-lap race, which will mark the season's midway point.
L.W. Miller of Dushore, Pa., was the winner of last year's tour race at Bowman Gray, as well as the tour's most recent event last month at Caraway Speedway.
Burt Myers, the reigning champion in Bowman Gray's Modified Division, is also the tour's defending champion.
Also scheduled tonight are races for Bowman Gray's Sportsman, Street Stock and Stadium Stock divisions.